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What is in a party bus?

A party bus can be a fun and safe way to transport a group of people to or from an event. A party bus can be anything from a retrofitted school bus complete with disco lights, to an upscale shuttle service, to a stretch Hummer with a full bar. What is inside a party bus depends on the company you hire and what you are looking for. Many party buses have bars in them, complete with glassware, ice bins and mini fridges. Often party buses have festive lighting like strobe lights, black lights, dimmable lighting and track lighting on the floor. A party bus usually has loudspeakers in the back for en route dancing and may even have a dancing pole in the center. Some states require seat belts in party buses and decree that all passengers must be seated when the vehicles are moving, so there must be a seat for each passenger. To make sure you know what you are paying for, request photos of the inside and outside of the exact vehicle you are hiring. Also make sure you have all fees and details of what is and is not covered in a written contract.

How much do you tip for a party bus?

When you rent a party bus, it’s industry standard to tip the driver 15 percent to 20 percent of the rental cost. Some rental companies include a gratuity for the driver as a line item on the bill, while others leave tipping to the discretion of the passengers. Often party bus drivers are employees of the rental company, and are not seeing most of the money you paid to hire the ride for the night. You should consider the tip as a standard part of your total party bus price. The job of the party bus driver is to keep you and the other passengers safe, ensure your comfort, and get you to your destinations on time (barring outside factors like weather or unpredicted traffic). Party bus drivers are usually the ones who stock and prep the bus with ice, drinks, and other requested items before picking you up. They are also usually tasked with cleaning the vehicle after you and your guests are done for the night. Ask your rental company whether a tip is included in the quoted price, and be sure to be prepared with cash or the ability to tip by credit card after the event. Of course, tipping is not required (unless it is a written part of a contract you agreed to), and if you had problems with the driver, you don’t have to tip. But if you had a nice time, consider tipping well. And if your guests were extra rowdy and messy, add a few extra dollars to your tip to acknowledge the driver’s extra work cleaning up after you.

How much does it cost to rent a party bus?

Party bus prices vary based on the size of party bus you want, the time of day and day of the week you need, and the length of time that you want to rent the bus. The national average price to rent a party bus is $530-$700. Party bus prices can also be affected by where in the country you live. Bigger cities, like New York, have higher fees for insurance, licensing and tolls than a smaller town might, plus a higher cost to do business, so party bus prices will typically be higher than in smaller cities.

The size and luxury of the party bus you want will affect the price. For example, a 10-passenger vehicle could cost $100 per hour, a 14-passenger vehicle could cost $125 per hour, and a 20-passenger vehicle could cost $150 per hour. Party bus prices will also be dictated by the season or holidays. Rental on New Year’s Eve will be much more expensive than on a Tuesday afternoon in November. Most rental companies have a minimum number of hours you must rent, often starting around four hours. The longer you rent, the higher the price. The distance you travel can also affect cost. For example, a driving tour through wine country can cost more than a bar-hopping party through town — even for the same number of hours — due to the additional fuel required to drive the longer distance. Messy party guests can also increase your party bus price. Broken glass, major spills, or damage to the vehicle’s interior or exterior will all be billed to the customer. A company may have a base rate of $150 for excessive cleaning, plus additional charges for actual damage.

Reviews for Phoenix party bus professionals
Ashley D.
I rented a party bus from this company for a bachelorette night and it was an awesome time. The driver was very prompt and arrived with a stocked cooler for the night, the bus was very clean and spacious. I would highly recommend Arizona Bus Company
Arizona Bus CompanyArizona Bus Company
Thumbtack Customer
I reserved a party bus months in advance of my wife's 40th birthday party. It was a 35 passenger bus with a stand up bar. What I received was a larger school bus painted black (not as nice looking from the outside). Also, it did not have the standing bar as discussed with John. The bus was late as the driver said the bus was overheating and had to get off a few freeway exits early and take surface streets. When I contacted John to voice my concerns, he basically told me that this was it and to take it or leave it. What was I to do!?!? The bus was also not cleaned from the previous client. The seat back bars did not have ice and still had old can from the previous party. The driver, Josh, was at least nice to my guests.
Bigelow Limousine & Party Bus ServiceBigelow Limousine & Party Bus Service
Thumbtack Customer
We rented a party bus. They were communicative and on time with the pick up. The driver was easy going and helpful.
Arizona Bus CompanyArizona Bus Company
Jennifer N.
Had a really fun time with this party bus rental!! All of my friends loved it and I will definitely be recommending it!
Arizona Bus CompanyArizona Bus Company
Joann O.
What a great experience dealing with Mike and Gerald. They responded quickly and were on time for the transport. I would definitely recommend using them for your party bus needs.
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Kip S.
I hired James for a birthday party restaurant and bar hop with about 15 people. His rates were the best out of the bids I received and his bus was perfect for our needs. I would definitely recommend him.
Arizona Bus CompanyArizona Bus Company
Janessa R.
Gio was wonderful in getting our services scheduled, confirming the stop locations, and understanding my needs. The party bus was neat and tidy and of course the lighting and tunes made it the perfect setting for our daughters birthday celebration with her group of friends. A great night in the town! Thank you!
550 Group Phoenix550 Group Phoenix
Megan E.
Our driver Jeremy was incredibly professional, friendly and accommodating. I have never rented a party bus limo and this experience alone has made me want to do this for all future events with large groups. I would 100% recommend this company and will use them again at my earliest opportunity.
Bigelow Limousine & Party Bus ServiceBigelow Limousine & Party Bus Service
Thumbtack Customer
My sisters 30th birthday party. As people were arriving to meet for the party I got a call saying the bus we rented had been damaged and therefore we could not use it. It was awful. We had to scramble on a Saturday night to get another bus last min. We finally found one but ended up paying $300 more than we had planned on. I understand these things happen but I was told that for the inconvenience they would let us have a make-up night and/or remburse us for the additional cost we incurred. This seemed totally fair and I was very happy with them at that point - never received this or heard anything back. I just felt like it wasn't their problem and they didn't care.
Bigelow Limousine & Party Bus ServiceBigelow Limousine & Party Bus Service
Thumbtack Customer
Ordered the party bus for 18-20 people on 1/20/17 from 8:00-9:00pm. The bus arrived almost 10 minutes late, so we did not receive our full hour, as we were on a time-sensitive schedule and had to get to our function on time. When we got on the bus the driver told us some of the bolts were loose on one of the rails you hold onto so we couldn't put much weight on it. In addition the lights stopped working about 20 minutes into the ride and we pulled over to the side of the road for around 10-15 minutes while the driver tried to fix them. This also took away from our hour of time. He couldn't fix it so we sat in the dark for the remainder of time. The speakers were blown out, so the sound was very distorted and all the songs were almost unrecognizable. The bus was clearly not that clean as it smelled bad. The tile flooring became very slippery in the rain and one particularly quick stop sent me flying from the back of the vehicle towards the front. I ended up hitting my head really hard due to this and had to go home before even going to the event the bus was transporting us to. We paid a pretty heft tip in advance. Overall we had a very unsatisfactory experience and I would like a refund.
Arizona Bus CompanyArizona Bus Company
Riki S.
Arizona Bus Company: Such a great experience! I hired them a few months in advance and did not realize I gave the wrong date. Because I hired them so far in advance, I decided to follow up a couple weeks prior to pickup. That's when I realized I scheduled the wrong day. They were very understanding and still made sure they were available for the correct date. Great news! I dealt with James as far as pricing and scheduling. James was patient with all of my phone calls and questions. Day of Event: Tom was our driver and was excellent. Our time of pickup was scheduled at 5:30pm. Tom called to confirm early that morning and informed us of construction on the way and a traffic detour. Assured us we would get there on time but wanted me to know in case I wanted to leave earlier so we were not late to the concert. With just that conversation I was certain we were in good hands. Tom was on time and my friends and I were not quite ready. He was patient as we got our stuff and headed out to take pictures. Got us to the concert on time and picked us up on time. I had about 12 for the party so we picked the bus. No complaints! My friends and I are a rowdy group so we didn't need any music as we just talk over each other anyways. The bus was stocked with water and other beverages. Always a plus. The prices are great and so is the customer service. Thank you Tom and James for the great experience and getting us there and back safely. I will choose Arizona Bus Company again!
Arizona Bus CompanyArizona Bus Company
Thumbtack Customer
We were looking for a party bus for my son's high school prom, at the last minute. Mike was the first person to respond to my request via Thumbtack. He was very personable and helpful. However, I had a large group that I needed to get feedback first before I committed with Mike. Not only was he patient, he went the "extra mile" to make my son's prom experience unforgettable. Don, the driver, was fabulous, too! He made sure the kids were safe and sober. I highly recommend USA Executive Limousine to anyone!
USA Executive Limousine TransportationUSA Executive Limousine Transportation
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